Ethiopia pre-qualifies builders for Sudan grid link

Ethiopian Electric Power Corp. (EEPCO) invites applications for pre-qualification to build transmission lines and substations to link its hydro-based power system with that of the Sudan. Responses are due May 25.

Ethiopia has requested US$35 million in financing from the World Bank for the Ethiopia-Sudan interconnection project. (HNN 1/29/07) It plans to seek construction of a 296-kilometer transmission line, including upgrade of existing lines, from Bahir Dar to the Sudan border. In a separate solicitation, it also plans to seek additions or upgrades at three substations, including control and telecommunication facilities.

Ethiopia is in the process of developing hydroelectric plants capable of producing 2,170 MW as well as installation of transmission lines for delivery of power. Additionally, the multi-nation Eastern Nile Technical Regional Office has been investigating power trade opportunities, interconnection, and three hydropower projects, 1,700-MW Mandaya and 1,780-MW Border in Ethiopia near the Sudan border, and 780-MW Dal 1 in Sudan near the Egypt border. (HNN 4/18/07)

EEPCO invites pre-qualification for the transmission lines and the substation extensions. In each case, pre-qualification documents in English may be obtained for US$100 by cashier’s check, banker’s draft, or cash to EEPCO’s account at Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Arada Branch, A/C No. X-826. Applications for pre-qualification, in each case, are due by 5 p.m. May 25.

To obtain or submit documents, contact Nejmadin Mohammed, Foreign Procurement Division, Ethiopian Electric Power Corp., Head Office, Ground Floor, De Gaulle Square, P.O. Box 1233, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; (251) 11-1560027; Fax: (251) 11-1550822. For information, contact Project Manager Tesfaye Batu, Ethiopia-Sudan Power System Interconnection Project, Dembel City Center, 10th Floor, Room 1001 (Lift 2 &3), African Ave., Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; (251) 11-5517219; Fax: (251) 11-5517198; E-mail:


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